I am a mother, daughter, partner, and friend in mid life. I became a therapist after decades of navigating relationships, through belonging and understanding, as well as pain and disconnect. I have experienced relationship endings, both smooth and rough. I have parented and co-parented, divorced and healed. I have experienced the stormy seas of repair and change. I have come to see, even as an introvert, that relationships are central to my well being and sense of purpose.
I live and work on the traditional, unceded lands of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations in East Vancouver, as well as the ɬaʔamɩn gɩǰɛ (Tla’amin), Xwémalhkwu (Homalco), and ƛohos giǰi (Klahoose) Nations in Whaletown, Cortes Island.
When I am not working, I am most likely hiking in the forest with my two dogs, puttering in my community garden, or nestled on the couch playing Minecraft.
I believe that relationships offer unique opportunities for growth, including in the counselling relationship. For this reason I bring my full self to therapy sessions: as we work together, I will let you know what I think and feel. I will truly care about you. I will bring curiosity, softness, and humour, and I will treat you with honesty and integrity.
My work is person-centered, which means that I will follow you where you want to go, and support you to set the agenda for our work together. I believe in feedback-informed treatment, so I will ask for your thoughts on how we are doing, as a way to learn together about what does and doesn't work for us. Any exercises or skills that I offer, or decisions I make in our sessions, will be with the intention of helping you.
My "home bases" in the counselling world are relational-cultural, existential, and feminist therapies. I am often curious about themes of meaning, isolation, agency, and how social injustices may influence your well being. I specialize in working with adult women, but I welcome all people to work with me.